Outdoor Businesses: National Monuments Keep the Economy and Our Industry Healthy

Earlier this week, OIA sent a letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke urging him to preserve previously designated National Monuments and the legacy of the Antiquities Act. More than 300 member company executives signed the letter. Read it below and see the sidebar on the right for information about how you can amplify this message.

August 15, 2017

Dear Secretary Zinke:

We are leaders of 350 businesses operating and employing Americans across the United States. We represent the outdoor industry, which has emerged as one of the nation’s largest economic drivers over recent decades and continues to grow year over year. We are entrepreneurs, innovators, manufacturers and Main Street businesses. As employers, we support 7.6 million good, American jobs in a variety of professions and in communities both rural and urban — jobs that are rooted in a love for our public lands and waters.

You have asked for comment on 27 national monuments created since 1996. We share your view that the monument-making process, and the Antiquities Act in particular, “…has preserved some of our finest treasures. And the Antiquities Act overall has been nothing short of an American success.” Past Presidents who protected these places should be proud of their investments in the outdoor culture of this country – a uniquely American value – and celebrated for their contributions to the public’s enjoyment of our outdoor spaces.

We are concerned with your June 10th interim report calling for revisions to the Bears Ears National Monument. Your recommendation to reduce and potentially break up the monument and the protection it provides into sub-divisions would, we believe, violate the goal of the Antiquities Act. Any such resizing would potentially leave unprotected the recreational assets —  the outdoor places that families across America love.

Our customers use public lands as infrastructure for activities ranging from hiking to hunting and camping to off-roading. As we announced with you in April, collectively, the outdoor sector contributes $887 billion annually to the economy and generates $125 billion in state, local and federal taxes. The bulk of this economic activity and our jobs are tied to iconic outdoor places and experiences. These places and experiences can’t be exported or commoditized. They are a national competitive advantage. We ask you to not erode that potential but create certainty for our businesses and for the communities that often need it most.

As many of us noted before, it’s an American right to roam in our public lands. The people of the United States, today and tomorrow, share equally in the ownership of our public lands and these monuments. This powerful idea transcends party lines. It sets our country apart from the rest of the world. As business leaders, we simply ask that your final report remain true to the Teddy Roosevelt values we share with you — to maintain the national treasures Presidents of both parties have protected, to defend the integrity of the monument-making process and to assure these majestic places remain accessible for all Americans, sustaining healthy communities and a healthy economy.

Chris Valiante
Owner
22 Designs

Steven Richardson
Owner
2i3D Stereo Imaging

Bob Weber
CEO
6D Helmets LLC

Greg Thomsen
Managing Director
adidas Outdoor USA

Clay Haller
President
Advanced Elements, Inc.

Jim Sayer
Executive Director
Adventure Cycling Association

Chris Gubera
President
Adventure Medical Kits

Juan Del Real
Owner
AJ Electronics

Ryan Rich
Vice President of Sales & Marketing
All Good Products

Mark Hyde
President
Alpine Outfitters, Inc.

Russell Hollenbeck
President
Alpine Shop, Ltd

Amanda Nichols
Vice President Wholesale Sales
Alternative Apparel

Frank Hintz
President
American Backcountry

Tristan Queen
CEO
Arcade Belt Inc

Jon Hoerauf
President
Arc’teryx Equipment

Bruce Franks
General Manager
Asolo USA Inc

Philip Curry
CEO
Astral

Angie Hakanson
President
aTana, Inc.

Edward O’Brien
President
b4Adventure

Bruce Edgerly
Co-Founder & Vice President
Backcountry Access, Inc.

Jeffrey Delkin
President
bambu Outdoor

Melisa Jeffers
CEO
Barebones

Rebecca Philipp-Kranig
President
Bearcub Outfitters, Inc.

Caleb Simpson
CEO & Owner
Bearded Brothers, LLC

Tracy Twist
President
BearVault

Mark Fitzgerald
National Sales Manager
BGZ Brands

Bill Gamber
Co-Founder & President
Big Agnes

John Walbrecht
President
Black Diamond

Kathleen Martin
CEO
BOCO Gear

Trevor Cobb
CEO & Co-Founder
Bramble Outdoor

Brook Hopper
Founder & Principal
Brook Hopper Consulting

Paul Kabacinski
Executive Team Assistant
Brooklyn Boulders

Jim Weber
CEO
Brooks Running

Todi Harvey
Executive Sales & Marketing Administrator
Buck Knives

Shirley Brunetti
Vice President and General Manager
Buff USA

Kaitlyn Yergenson
Sales Coordinator
Buff, Inc.

Donna Carpenter
CEO & Co-Owner
Burton Snowboards

Ricardo Bottome
CEO
Canaima Outdoors

Chris Parkhurst
Chief Operating Officer
Cascade Designs

Ben Hauck
Senior Vice President of Sales
Celestron

Ben Kerr
Director
CGear Sandfree, Inc

Chris Goddard
CEO
CGPR

Seth Cobb
President
Chaco

Danielle Eberly
National Account Manager
Clif Bar

Jesse Williams
AMGA Mountain Guide
Cloudsplitter Mountain Guides

Beth Henry
Chief Financial Officer
CMC Rescue, Inc.

Jennifer Gurecki
CEO
Coalition Snow

Jeff Bowman
CDO
Cocona, Inc.

Tim Boyle
CEO & President
Columbia Sportwear Company

David Parkes
Founder
Concept III

Anna Peterson
President
Conservation Communications

Darcy Conover
Chief Visionary Officer
Corbeaux

James Hampton
Chief Marketing Officer
Cotopaxi

Eric Schenker
CEO
Craft Sportswear

Jake Thamm
President
Crescent Moon Snowshoes

Lutz Klein
CEO & President
Currex, LLC

Kurt Ronacher
President
Cutlery

Ken Meidell
CEO
Dakine

Angela Houck
Vice President
Darby Communications

Kenneth Washburn
CEO
Dark Horse Trading Co.

Ric Cabot
CEO & President
Darn Tough Vermont

Rand Whitney
Sales Director
Deejo Knives USA

Chris Howe
Owner
Denali

Bill Hartrampf
President
Deuter USA, Inc

Farren Mataele
Administrative Manager
DFX Sports and Fitness

Josh Friedman
CEO & Co-Founder
Doing

Michael Bronner
President
Dr. Bronner’s

Kim McElhinney
CEO & Founder
Dude Girl

Debra Motz
Executive Director
Eastern Outdoor Reps Association

Justin Daugherty
Chief Operating Officer
Eco Brands Group

Johnathan Fox
President
Eco Vessel, LLC

Elisabeth Derrer
Owner
Eddyline Kayaks

Jeff Curran
CEO
ELEVENPINE

Robert O’Quinn
Account Executive for Outdoor Retailer
Emerald Exhibitions

Robert Cross
President
Equinox, Ltd

Paul Arnhold
Marketing Manager
eVent Fabrics

Brian Chung
CEO
Evolv Sports

Ted Steudel
President
Exped, LLC

Diane Halvorson
Logistics Manager
Exxel Outdoors, LLC

David Bottomley
Sales and Operations Manager
Faction Skis

David Petri
Vice President Marketing
Farm to Feet

Doug Hudson
President
Feedback Sports, LLC

John Gaither
Senior Vice President
Feetures!

Tyler Sickmeyer
CEO
Fidelitas Development

Alexander Barouh
National Account Manager
Finish Line Technologies

Daniel Scofield
Creative Strategist
Finity, Inc.

Ryan Callaghan
Director of Conservation & Public Relations
First Lite

John Le Coq
CEO
Fishpond

James Morin
Co-Owner
Flowfold

Scott Perarson
Chief Financial Officer
Flylow Gear

Adam Lewis
Founder
Foghorn Labs

Kevin Webber
CEO & Owner
Fourpoints Bar

Mark Rolofson
Sole Proprietor & Publisher
Free West Rock Guides

Kevin Brown
CEO
FrictionLabs

Tyler Williams and Lisa Gelczis
Co-Owners
Funhog Press

An Le
Global Marketing Director
Giant Bicycle, Inc.

Geoff Norby
Owner
Global Accent

Richard Davis
President
GoFit

Shuzo Nojima
CEO
Goldwin America, Inc.

Daniela Perdomo
CEO & Co-Founder
goTenna

Rich Hill
President
Grassroots Outdoor Alliance

Stacy Newton
Owner
Gravity Sales

Ditta Hamby
Principal
Gravy Sales, LLC

Andrew Weber
CEO & President
GRAYL Inc.

Travis Zarins
Owner
Great Outdoor Provision Co.

Ron Steele
President
Group Rossignol North America

Tom Hathaway
Director of Sales for North America
GSI Outdoors

Paul Ketchen
Partner
Halo Headband

Jake Sullivan
President
Hand Out Gloves

Colin Hartman
Co-Owner
Harper Macaw

Mike McQueeney
President
Headsweats

Stuart Hutchins
President
HGNR, Inc.

Stuart Craig
Creative and Marketing Director
Hilleberg

Alyssa Ravasio
CEO & Founder
Hipcamp

Andrew Sarnecki
CEO
HippyTree

Luke Schnacke
Product, Marketing & Ecommerce Director
Hi-Tec Sports

Rich Hager
Chief Financial Officer & Co-Owner
Honey Stinger

Scott Allan
General Manager
Hydro Flask

Ted Manning
CEO
Ibex Outdoor Clothing

Scott Baker
Owner
Icebox MFG

Justin Walford
General Manager North America
Icebreaker Merino

Annelise Loevlie
CEO
Icelantic

James Collie
CEO & Founder
IceMule Coolers

Chris Haunold
President
Idaho Mountain Touring

Mike Cecot-Scherer
President
Inkling Inc.

Richard Hemmerling
Vice President
Insect Shield

Paige Boucher
Owner
Inside/Out Communications

Logan Kelso
Chief Operating Officer
InterMountain Trading Co.

Andrea Ferris
Co-Founder
Intrinsic Textiles Group, LLC

Bryon Powell
President
iRunFar.com

Andrew Gelle
Sales Manager
ISA TanTec-Mississippi

Dean Jerrehian
President
JadeYoga

Jim Quinlan
President
Jax Mercantile Co.

Maggie Heumann
Retail Buyer
JD High Country Outfitters

Jennifer Haywood
President
Jr. RangerLand

Haley Robison
CEO
Kammok

Nick Yardley
CEO
Julbo, Inc

Tyler Kloster
President
Karakoram, LLC

Barry Barr
CEO
KAVU True Outdoorwear

Christopher Algea
Founder & President
Keen One Foods, LLC

Casey Sheahan
President
KEEN, Inc.

Eric Greene
Division Vice President & General Manager
Kelty

Jim Osgood
CEO & President
Klean Kanteen, Inc.

Jeff Turner
Sales Manager
Kokatat, Inc.

Craig Metcalf
Marketing Executive
Kuat Innovations

Kevin Boyle
President
KUHL

Jeff Wiguna
CEO
Kuju Coffee

Julia Durgee
Foresights Analyst
L.L. Bean

Jonathan Lantz
President
La Sportiva North America

Jay Taylor
CEO
LALO Tactical

Greg Wozer
Vice President
LEKI USA Inc.

Lee Hart
Executive Director
Levitation 49

Alison Hill
Managing Director
LifeStraw

Maura Doohan
President
Lightning Nuggets, Inc.

John Tebbens
President
Lightweights

Tom Shindler
Owner
Little River Enterprises

Mark Strella
Director of Business Development
Locally

Seth Simchowitz
Owner & President
Lockrack North America, LLC

Peter Sachs
President
LOWA Boots LLC

Chris Tennal
President
Lowe Alpine

Jeff Streeter
CEO
Lucky Bums

Nick Rhea
President
Lunatec, Inc

Craig Mackey
Principal
Mackey Partners, LLC

Toby Gamberoni
Sales Representative
Makers 7

Peter Raeuber and Klaus Haas
CEO & Co-Founders
Maloja

Jim Goodrich
CEO
Malone Auto Racks

Lisa Mansback
Sales Representative
Mansback Asso

Mark Baum
Managing Partner
MARCAT Group, LLC

Peggy Clark
Program Manager
Marin County Bicycle Coalition

Lisa Cooper
President
Mast General Store

John Lindsay Lawrence
Owner
Metamorphic Gear

Doug Phillips
President
Metolius Mountain Products Inc.

Elaine Smith
Vice President
Mountain Chalet

Joe Vernachio
President
Mountain Hardwear

Ross Saldarini
President
Mountain Khakis

Gilberto d’ Urso
CEO
Mountain N’ Air Sports, Inc.

Tim Fry
CEO & President
Mountain Racing Products

James Smith
President
Mountain Works, Inc.

Jay Getzel
President
Mountainsmith

John Salzinger
Co-Founder & Chief Business Development Officer
MPOWERD Inc.

Demetri Coupounas
CEO
My Trail Company, PBC

Renee Sippel-Baker
Chief Operating Officer & Owner
Mystery Ranch Ltd.

William Irving
President
Nantahala Outdoor Center

Daniel Ortiz
Vice President & General Manager
National Geographic Maps

Jeff Carnevali
CEO & President
National Products Inc.

Mark Striepe
Owner
Nature Cast

Mark Galbraith
General Manager
Nau International

Cam Brensinger
CEO & Founder
NEMO Equipment, Inc.

Kelly Nester
CEO
Nester Hosiery, LLC

Rick Case
CEO
Nite Ize, Inc.

Zack Helminiak and Chace Petersen
Co-Founders
Nomadix, LLC

Jennifer Stevens
Manager Operations, Sports Practice
NPD Group

Bryan Dingel
CEO
NRS

John Connelly
CEO & President
Oboz Footwear, LLC

Rob Nadeau
CEO
Omega Pacific, Inc.

Alex Delecroix
Brand Manager
Opinel USA Inc.

Bill Cotton
President
Optic Nerve Eyewear

Jeff Scully
President
Ortlieb USA

Perk Pekins
CEO
Orvis

Layne Rigney
President
Osprey Packs

Kim Walker
President & Founder
Outdoor Divas

Zachery Shacter
Wesrtern Sales Representative
Outdoor Edge Cutlery

Audrey Taub
Production Lead
Outdoor Herbal Skin Care

Amy Roberts
Executive Director
Outdoor Industry Association

Andrew Altshule
CEO
Outdoor Products

Jared Kennedy
Chief Operating Officer & Co-Founder
Outdoor Project

Gareth Richards
CEO
Outdoor Prolink

Eliza Ritchie
International Customer Service
Outdoor Research

Bret Matthres
Owner
OutFront Adventures

Dawson Wheeler
Partner
Outlaw Donkey

Leisa Cram
Buyer
Outside Hilton Head

Carolyn Crook
Owner
Pack Rat Outdoor Center

Peter Hickner
President
Pangaea Ltd.

Janet Liao
Director of Business Development
PAPAGO Inc.

Rose Marcario
CEO
Patagonia

Michael Fay
CEO & Founder
Pay4Gear

Adam Saraceno
Chief Marketing Officer
Peak Design

Christopher Sword
President
Pearl Izumi

Edward F. Dalton
President
Pendleton Boot of Waterstone Brands

Jeremy Brandfass
Vice President National Sales & Design
Peppers Polarized Eyeware

David Egan
Owner
Perpetual Motion Northwest

Nazz Kurth
President
Petzl

Steve Piragis
Owner
Piragis Northwoods Co, Inc

Peter Hixson
CEO
Pistil Designs

Jonathan Spier
CEO
PLAE

David McMurray
President
Planet Bike

Willie Ford
Managing Director
POC

Peter Duke
CEO
Point6

Sam Williams
General Manager
Powderhorn Mountain Resort

Beaver Theodosakis
Founder
prAna

Kate Khaleel
Vice President Finance and Operations
Pret Inc

Dave Edwards
CEO & President
Primal Wear, Inc.

Michael Kalmbach
Owner & President
ProNet, Inc.

Tanner Dame
CEO
Proof Eyewear

Michael Fishman
Co-Founder & President
Pure Cycle

Austen Bickford
General Manager
QARV Imports

Steve Flagg
Chairman
Quality Bicycle Products

Chris Tennal
President
Rab

Larry Pizzi
President
Raleigh Electric

John Lopes
Buyer & Manager
Ramsey Outdoor

Douglas Leen
President
Ranger Doug’s Enterprises

Kirsten Taylor
Sales Manager
Rareform

Scott Northey
Owner
Redpoint, Inc.

Roger Spatz
President
Reef

Jerry Stritzke
CEO & President
REI

Aaron Pruzan
Owner
Rendezvous River Sports

Sara Jensen
Chief Operating Officer
Rescue Essentials

Eric Parsons
CEO & Owner
Revelate Designs, LLC

Ferrell Alman
President
Roanline

Anthony Caligaris
Director of National Sales
RockTape Inc

Andy Ross
Owner & Vice President
Ross Glove Co.

Michael Millenacker
CEO
Royal Robbins

CJ Riggins
CEO
Rsport

Blair Sylvester
Retail Sales Associate
Ruffwear

Wylie Robinson
Chief Executive Officer
Rumpl, Inc.

Darren Bush
CEO & Owner
Rutabaga Paddlesports

Jayson Faulkner
General Manager
Ryders Eyewear

Marcy Lynn
Executive Administrative Assistant
Sage Fly Fishing

Nate Porter
Owner
Salida Mountain Sports

Keith Reis
President
Sanitas Sales Group

Zac Kauffman
National Sales Manager
Sawyer Paddles and Oars, LLC

Kim Miller
CEO
SCARPA North America, Inc.

Topher Plimpton
Sales and Sport Marketing Manager
Scott Sports

Ryan Hanegan
Sales Manager
Sea-Lect Designs

Wendy Carey
Chief Financial Officer
Seirus Innovation

Daniel Landon
President
Shuksan Tradin, Inc.

Kimberly Crupi Dobbins
CEO
Simplified Foods

Phil Leeds
Co-Owner
Skinny Skis

Ian MacGregor
CEO
Skratch Labs

Mark Burgener
Director
SKS USA Corp.

Ricardo Bottome
CEO
Slackline Industries

Travis Campbell
President
Smartwool

Kristin Hostetter
Editor in Chief
SNEWS

Hunter Lyng
Specialized Custom Account Manager
Specialized Bicycle Components

Chris Ruder
CEO
Spikeball Inc.

Gregory Bannister
Chief Operating Officer
Sport Obermeyer

James Hill
President
SportHill, Inc.

Jeff Rodgers
CEO
Sports Medicine Manufacturing

Jessica Koeberl
Customer Service
Sports Specialists Limited

Stan Day
President & CEO
SRAM LLC

Victor Preisler
CEO
Stansport

Paul Bauer
Chief Operating Officer
Stevens Pass Mountain Resort

Dana Davis
President
Summit Hut, Ltd

Angeline Lacy
President
Sunday Afternoons

John Rauvola
CEO
Superfeet

Monique Keefer
Chief Financial Officer
Surftech

Lauri Crowe
President
Suspenz Kayak Canoe SUP Storage & Transport

Connie Boone
Founder
Sweet Turns

Richard Swenson
President
Swen Products, Inc.

Chuck Smith
President
Swiftwick

Henry Schwab
CEO & President
Synergy Clothing

David Polivy
Owner
Tahoe Mountain Sports

Chris Gubera
Chief Sales Officer
Tender Corportation

Steve Boyd
General Manager North America
Tern Bicycles

Liz Robert
CEO
Terry Bicycles

Kevin Richardson
Owner
The Cascade Group

Scott Robson
Executive Director
The Colorado Mountain Club

David Bottomley
North American Sales and Operations Manager
The Faction Collective

Tracey Springstead
Vice President Operations
The Glukos Company, Inc

Victor Sandrin
US Sales Manager
The Gravity Cartel

Tom Vogl
CEO
The Mountaineers

Arne Arens
President
The North Face

Brian Heifferon
CEO & Founder
The Outbound Collective

Andrew Altshule
CEO
The Outdoor Recreation Group

Larry Merkel
Owner
The Round House Sport Center Inc

Trek Stephens
President
The Toggery

Todd Walton
President
The Walton Works

Kevin Krodwick
CEO
Thinkbaby Thinksport

Fred Clark
President
Thule

Aaron Carpenter
CEO & Founder
TideSmart West

Jim Loughlin
Partner
TiGr Lock

Jim Pisani
Global Brand President
Timberland

Tony Menegehtti
Chief Operating Officer
Timbuk2

Gordon Seabury
CEO
Toad&Co

Tony Post
CEO & Founder
Topo Athletic

Jac Saltzgiver
CEO
Trago, Inc.

Ed Camelli
President
Trail Creek Outfitters

Vincent Robichaud
Founder
Trailtopia, LLC

Jared Oviatt
General Manager
TredAgain Footwear

Seth Haber
CEO & Founder
Trek Light Gear

Robert Oppenheim
President
Triple Eight Distribution, Inc.

Richard Sontag
Chief Turtle
Turtle Fur

Jeffrey Wise
CEO & President
U.S. National Whitewater Center

Buzz Burrell
Vice President
Ultimate Direction

Ben Zuehlsdorf
Gear Editor
ultrarunnerpodcast.com

Brian Linton
CEO & Funder
United By Blue

Thomas Cohen
CEO
Ursack Incorporated

Robert Wade
President
Ute Mountaineer

Brian Vargo
CEO & President
Vargo Outdoors, Inc.

Kristen Carpenter-Ogden
CEO
Verde Brand Communications

Yves Chanterie
Sales Manager
Vetex NV

Even Lucas
Chief Operating Officer
Vitalyte Sports Nutrition

Gregory Tomlinson
President
VonZippper

Todd Weimer
CEO & Founder
VSSL Outdoor Utility Tools

Lenya Shore
President
Wallaroo Hat Company

Jenn Pagliaro
Owner
Waterknot

Nancy Iannucci
Vice President
Waterstone Brands

Alison Dennis
CEO & Founder
Weigh My Rack, LLC

Kelly Watters
Co-Founder
Western Rise

Ashley Korenblat
CEO
Western Spirit Cycling

Mason Davey
Owner
Weston Snowboards

Justin Belleau
CEO
Wicked Mountain Outfitters LLC.

Brad Bates
Director of Sales
Wigwam Mills, Inc.

Michelle Dawahare
Senior Account Executive
Williams Helde Marketing Communications

Rita Kenny
Owner & President
Winthrop Mountain Sports

Jeff Achey
Owner
Wolverine Publishing, LLC

Nicholas Brayton
President
Woolrich Inc.

Jainee Dial and Lindsey Elliott
Co-Founders
Wylder

Rachelle Reichley
Owner
YAY! LiFE!

Matt Reintjes
CEO
YETI Coolers

Charles Ziga
President
Ziga Media, LLC

Nate Barr
CEO & Founder
Zootility Tools